God Is Magnified When We Use Our Mouths for Him
"If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." (1 Peter 4:11)
What does it mean to speak "as the oracles of God"? Some Bible translations use the word "utterances." Basically this verse is talking about what ought to be true of our speech whenever something comes out of our mouths. You may not be a preacher standing in a pulpit. You may not be a teacher standing at a chalkboard. But did you know that every believer has, in a sense, a duty to be a "mouthpiece" of God?
These days, God does not give us new revelation outside of the Bible. He has already spoken to us through His written Word, and through His Son, the Living Word. So, if we are true believers, our words ought to be affected by His already-given Word. Our words should reflect the impact that God's Word has had on our lives. Our words should be in keeping with what God would want us to say. And our words should not go against His Word.
When you talk to a cashier or a bagger at the grocery store, did you know that what you say ought to reflect God's Word? When you speak to your family members, your speech ought to be honoring to God. Whenever you use the brain that God gave you to think of things to say, and whenever you use the mouth that God gave you to say those things, remember that your speech should line up with the will of God. God makes speaking possible, and He gives you opportunities to speak. Your words should line up with God's Word. Your words should not contradict (go against) His Word.
Think about the last time you spoke with anyone. Were you a "mouthpiece" for God's words to come through you and encourage or help that person? Or did you use your mouth to talk however you wanted to about whatever you wanted to? The best way to use your tongue is as a tool to do God's will. When someone hears you speak, do they hear "a word in season"? Do they hear speech that is "full of grace and truth"? When people think about having a conversation with you, do they think, "Oh, no--do I really have to listen to Kim complain all about her classes again?" Or do they think things like "I can't wait to see Jared again and hear how things went this summer at that Christian camp he always goes to."
An old preacher used to say, "A Christian is the only 'Bible' some people will ever read." What kind of things are others "reading" about your God and His people when you open up your mouth? When you have a chance to speak to someone, honor God with your speech: Talk to that person as God Himself would have you talk to that person.
God has given us our tongues to be used as tools for His glory.
» How might others describe my usual talking habits?
» Am I using my brain and my tongue to honor God with my speech?
» How can I change the way I talk so that I am less of a "mouthpiece" for myself and more like a "mouthpiece" for God?
Truth In Real Life
“It is a mercy that our lives are not left for us to plan, but that our Father chooses for us.”
At the beginning of his ministry in the mid-1800s, most of London seemed to love 19-year-old Charles Spurgeon, but Susannah Thompson was not impressed. She thought he got too excited when he preached, and she said of his hair, “Why, he looks like a barber’s assistant!” But things would soon change for Susannah. She eventually trusted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior under Charles Spurgeon’s sermons and was later discipled by his preaching, and by her life together with him. On January 9, 1856, Charles and Susannah became Mr. and Mrs. Spurgeon.
Charles and Susannah Spurgeon loved each other, loved the Lord, and determined to give their entire lives in Christian ministry together. Their strong bond of marriage – one of the strongest marriages ever recorded in Christian history – carried them both through many struggles and heartaches. Both experienced illness, and it is said that Susannah was not even able to leave her house for a period of about fifteen years. She maintained her ministry as a wife and mother to the best of her ability.
Charles lovingly nicknamed her “wifey.” Although she was sick for much of her life, Susannah took care of her twin sons – both of whom God would choose to serve Him in ministry someday. She also began a book fund in which she raised money to give Bible books and commentaries to preachers who were too poor to buy them. During Susannah’s lifetime, she gave away nearly 200,000 books. Her last thoughts before her death were about this fund and the preachers who still needed books.
Susannah Spurgeon is remembered for encouraging and ministering to God’s men in full-time ministry. What can you do to be a blessing to your pastor? You can pray for him, write him notes of encouragement, heed his instruction, and let him know you appreciate him! Have you ever been sick for a long period of time like Susannah? Are you ever tempted to sit around and be angry at God for choosing certain circumstances for you, or do you try to think of ways you can encourage others from exactly where He has put you?
Romans 12:11 – Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.